August  2016

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Suppressing Electron Exposure Artifacts: An Electron Scanning Paradigm with Bayesian Machine Learning
Suppressing Electron Exposure Artifacts: An Electron Scanning Paradigm with Bayesian Machine Learning. Read more here

World's smallest hard disk can write information atom by atom 
Dutch scientists have created the world's smallest hard disk by developing a new rewritable storage technology capable of writing information atom by atom. Read more here .
New X-Ray microscopy technique images nanoscale workings of rechargeable batteries
An X-ray microscopy technique has given scientists the ability to image nanoscale changes inside lithium-ion battery particles as they charge and discharge. The real-time images provide a new way to learn how batteries work, and how to improve them. Read more here
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MSA Fellows Class of 2017   MSA News Header
The Microscopy Society of America is accepting nominations for MSA Fellows, Class of 2017. The Society encourages all of its Members to participate in honoring colleagues in the field by nominating them for MSA Fellow. The deadline is September 30, 2016 - start getting nomination materials together now!

A minimum of ten years of MSA membership is required, except in very special circumstances, and no self-nominations will be accepted. To submit a nomination,  click here .

MSA Major Society Awards 2017
Beginning this year, nominations are submitted entirely through an online form: filling-in the basic nominee information and uploading the required supporting documents. For more information on these awards and the nomination process, click here.
The major Society Awards consist of:

Distinguished Scientist Awards - These Awards annually recognize a preeminent
senior scientist from each of the Biological and Physical Sciences.
Burton Medal - The Burton Medal was initiated to honor annually the distinguished
contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis by a scientist who is less
than 40 years of age on January 1st of the award year.

Outstanding Technologist Awards - The Hildegard H. Crowley Biological Science
award and Chuck Fiore Physical Science award both recognize technologists who have
made significant contributions in the development of new techniques that have
contributed to the advancement of microscopy and microanalysis.
Morton D. Maser Distinguished Service Award - This Award recognizes
outstanding volunteer service to the Society as exemplified by Mort Maser, who served
the Society for many years with great dedication.
Albert Crewe Award - The Albert Crewe Award was initiated to recognize annually
the distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis in the
physical sciences of an early career scientist.
George Palade Award - The George Palade Award was initiated to recognize
annually the distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis in
the life sciences of an early career scientist.

The deadline is October 31, 2016. To submit a nomination, click here.

Other Announcements
Georgia Electron Microscopy
is offering their Biological TEM workshop October 24-26, 2016. All day courses in Conventional sample pre, negative staining and basic training on TEM and ancillary preparation equipment. 

More information, and sign up details, can be found at or contacting John Shields at
ASSOC. In Memoriam

Zewail is pictured here on the Caltech campus in 2011. Credit_ Mitch Jacoby_C_EN
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Dr Ahmed H. Zewail on the 3rd of August 2016. Dr. Ahmed Zewali was 70 and is survived by his wife, Dema Faham, and their four children. Ahmed H. Zewail was the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and a professor of physics at California Institute of Technology, and the recipient of the 1999 Chemistry Nobel Prize.

The Egyptian-born researcher was also well known beyond the halls of academic science. For years he crisscrossed the globe serving as an international science ambassador and a member of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology. In that capacity, he promoted scientific and educational collaborations between the U.S. and countries in the Middle East-part of a plan to foster friendlier relations and improve U.S. standing in that region.

LAS. Local Affiliated Societies

Local Affiliated Societies News
by  Bev Maleeff, LAS Director

There are more than 25 MSA Local Affiliated Societies providing outreach and networking to the microscopy community. The list of LAS can be found at

If your LAS is planning fall meetings, please let me know so I can announce them in the next issue of the MSA Update. Upcoming meetings are:

September 15
Philadelphia Society for Microscopy (PSM) -organizational meeting, no speaker
-contact me if interested in attending 
October 5
Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO)
October 20 
Central States Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (CSMMS)
October 27 
Microscopy Society of the Ohio River Valley (MSORV)
November 3 
Michigan Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (MMMS)
November 4 
Oklahoma Microscopy Society (OMS)

Support your local affiliated society! Invite students & early career scientists & technologists to your LAS meetings and get them involved!

LAS/AReS Breakfast: The annual LAS Breakfast meeting was held on Tuesday, July 26th during M&M 2016. For the first time, this was a joint meeting with the Microanalysis Society Affiliated Regional Societies (MAS AReS). Kerry Siebert (AReS Chair) and I welcomed representatives from many of our local societies, along with MSA & MAS Council members and Association Management. Topics discussed included MAS & MSA Tour Speaker programs, MSA Grants-in-Aid and Special Events support, the MSA promotional slide pack that is available for presentation at each LAS meeting, membership growth and retention, and Tax Status for LAS. Meeting minutes will be distributed to LAS Presidents in early September.

Nominations for LAS Director

My term as LAS Director runs until December 2017. Elections for my successor will be held at the LAS Breakfast next summer at M&M2017. Anyone who is interesting in running for the office may contact me at

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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